Blending a penchant for goth imagery, a love of classical music and a rock attitude, Rasputina is a collective of cellists led by Melora Creager, a schooled cellist and former jewelry designer, who formed the band in Brooklyn, circa 1992.
As you might have guessed, the market for goth-cello -- not an entirely fair tag, that, since really, the only thing goth about the band is its taste in clothing -- was not deemed particularly hopping at that moment, but ultimately, Columbia A&R man Jimmy Boyle was bitten by the Rasputina bug (or was that a bat?) and signed the group in 1996. "Thanks for the Ether" followed, and the Rasputina cult following burgeoned.
Opening for the likes of Bob Mould, Porno for Pyros and Marilyn Manson put the ladies in front of relatively open-minded audiences, and though the Columbia contract expired in 1998, Rasputina continues to release challenging, experimental recordings, the most recent of which, "A Radical Recital," is a gloriously "out there" work.
Rasputina comes to Nietzsche's, 248 Allen St., for an 8 p.m. show Wednesday. Call the club at 886-8539 for details.
-- Jeff Miers